The attractions for festival traders are obvious – the opportunity to sell a large amount in a short space of time while experiencing some of the atmosphere and culture of the summers most unique and exciting entertainment events.
Being back next year, better, possibly bigger, and certainly cleaner and greener is a common goal for traders such as outdoor caterers but how well they fit in with the festival environmental and waste recycling guidelines and ethos is now an important factor in deciding that.
For the last 7 years Glastonbury Festival for example has been holding its own Sustainable Green Trader Awards to encourage all festival traders towards sustainability and minimising their environmental impact. In 2013 for example food traders could win a free full or a half price pitch at 2014s festival, and festivals goers were even invited to vote for their own clean, green and fair ‘People’s Choice’ trader.
With attractive incentives and the possibility of losing a potentially lucrative pitch next year for very poor performance food traders especially at today’s festivals need to take the environmental aspect of their most obvious visible potential polluter i.e. their food packaging very seriously.
John Haken of UK based specialist biodegradable and compostable food packaging suppliers WF Denny gives an insiders view on the pressures faced and resulting packaging choices being made by current UK festival traders.
“Festival waste management targets, environmental incentives and guidelines, coupled with environmentally aware festival goers mean that festival food traders today are under pressure to not only produce good quality, great value food, but also to serve the food and manage their pitch in a responsible way using compostable, recyclable and biodegradable food packaging and utensils. All this and make a profit of course.
For these reasons one products that we’ve seen a big increase in demand for is ‘Black Card Disposable Trays’. These are 4 inch burger boxes, large baguette/hotdog boxes and open fast-food trays that are fully biodegradable and compostable. They have proved very successful this year for outside event caterers and have been used at Glastonbury, Creamfields, The Isle of Wight, Chichester, Leeds Festival and a host of other outdoor events. The food traders like them because they satisfy the regulations for the outdoor events and they are also cost effective so they don’t eat into the profits.”
WF Denny also supply many other biodegradable packaging products to festival traders:
“Biodegradable wooden knives, forks, skewers, our PLA cutlery range, biodegradable (hot) drinks cups with fitted recyclable sip thru lids, biodegradable cup sleeves and coffee cup carriers, biodegradable plates, platters and bowls and biodegradable hot food containers including takeaway trays, hinge lidded boxes, noodle pails, soup containers and ready meal boxes are all widely used at festivals these days. These products are now very much the norm and that’s a really good development. It’s a good thing for festival goers, the festival organisers and the environment.”
For more information call 0161 927 4949 or visit http://www.wfdenny.co.uk
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